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Are Chinese people really lack scientific and technological ability?

The Sciences of astronomy, physics, chemistry, meteorology, seismology, technology, engineering, and mathematics can trace their early origins to China. From 600 AD until 1500 AD, China was the world’s most technologically advanced society. Some Chinese inventions have been improved on, and are still in use today, such as Chao-chow Bridge’s segmental arch in bridge building, and the watertight compartment in ship building.

A common stereotype is that the Chinese traditionally lack scientific and technological ability. In addition to the examples above, somehow, they stumbled upon paper making, printing, gunpowder, and the mariner's compass. Modern Chinese, themselves, sometimes are surprised to realize that modern agriculture, shipping, astronomical observatories, decimal mathematics, paper money, umbrellas, wheelbarrows, multi-stage rockets, brandy and whiskey, the game of chess, and much more, all came from China.

All of these indicate that Chinese people own a glorious past of scientific and technological advancements.